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A surreal streetsweep scene

Update 5:40pm: Between midnight and daybreak, street sweeping equipment will attempt to tackle sand cleanup in the area bounded by 7th Street on the east, 16th Street on the west, V Street on the north and Rhode Island Avenue on the south. 
Six thousands gallons for water-soluble degreaser may be sprayed. Parked cars will be worked around, a Department of Public Works employee wrote to residents.

Update 5:15pm: It may look like a beach, but not all those who walk and cycle on U Street NW are in a vacation mindset. The grease that spewed onto the pavement this morning is largely in check--but now one of the tools used to clean it up is causing inconvenience.

U Street is fully open, but massive amounts of sand used to soak up the grease have now spread far from the site of the spill, causing sandy sidewalks and curbs that can send bicycle tires flailing and reduce cars' traction.

It's a kind of ocean-side view it's safe to say U Street denizens didn't expect to wake up to. DDOT posted the following photos to Facebook this afternoon:

Original post: From DDOT comes this image of a gathering of streetsweeping contraptions navigating through a cloud of sand at the busy intersection as they attempt to mitigate the effects of a large cooking-grease spill this morning.

All vehicles, even bikes, were diverted from the smelly, slicked streets this morning, and heavy machinery has been working furiously on the cleanup since.

DDOT appears to have removed the image linked to in the original post.

By Luke Rosiak  | July 7, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  Driving  
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